Colorado River Fire Rescue

Colorado River Fire Rescue

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Colorado River Fire Rescue is dedicated to protecting life, home, and property through leadership, education and partnerships.  

Safety is our highest priority.


Colorado River Fire Rescue was established as a Fire Authority on September 26, 2012 as a joint effort between Burning Mountains Fire Protection District and Rifle Fire Protection District to provide better service to our communities while avoiding additional costs. Colorado River Fire Rescue provides Fire, EMS, Hazardous Materials and Rescue response for the Town of New Castle, the Town of Silt, the City of Rifle and surrounding areas with a total response area of approximately 851 square miles.  Colorado River Fire Rescue is a combination fire authority utilizing Volunteer, Part Time and Full Time staffing.  The Fire Authority maintains seven stations:  four staffed stations, one station staffed, through an ongoing partnership, by Interagency Wild Land Firefighters, one unstaffed station and one station used for fleet maintenance.

Burn Permits

Due to recent, erratic fire behavior, as well as extremely dry fuels, Colorado River Fire Rescue is not currently issuing burn permits except by order of the Fire Marshal.  Colorado River Fire Rescue, is assessing on a daily basis the Fuel Moisture content as well as the short and long range weather forecasts.  As soon as we feel the wild land fire danger has subsided, we will once again begin issuing burn permits.  

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